Mom And Daughter; Magic Kingdom; Cinderella's Castle; AA; Mickey Balloon
  • On Mar 12, 2014
    Samantha from NC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Hi Mom's, We are going on our first trip to WDW the week after easter and are driving all night to arrive early in the morning. We have park hopper for 5 days and want to know what order we should see the parks. Thanks

    I'm thrilled to know that you will be making your first ever visit to Walt Disney World Resort later next month Samantha, you must be getting so very excited as you count down the days!
    It sounds like you have it all planned out to travel down to Orlando through the night, but please make sure if at all possible to share the driving; arriving at Walt Disney World with driver fatigue won't be very magical at all.
    When considering which order to visit the Disney Theme Parks there really isn't either a right or wrong way to approach it; being very much down to personal choice with every family having their own traditions.
    My family can't wait to get into the Magic Kingdom Park first because it's our most favorite place to be. Magic Kingdom Park is also the smallest Park at Walt Disney World so actually does make good sense if you want to keep walking to a minimum on the first day. 
    Next comes Disney's Hollywood Studios which again is not huge in comparison. It's advisable to take a short break in the middle of the day; if possible heading back to your Resort for a rest before returning to Disney's Hollywood Studios for the evening hours and an unmissable viewing of Fantasmic!
    I believe Epcot requires 2 days to make the most of everything on offer. Split your 2 Epcot days - day 1 tour Future World and day 2 tour World Showcase; not missing the spectacular IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.
    Last, but certainly not least is the largest; Disney's Animal Kingdom Park.  I recommend beginning the day early, enjoying a break in the middle of the day if at all possible.  
    Whichever way you choose to enjoy the Disney Parks it's sure to be magical. 
    Have a great Disney day.
    - Jane 
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Meet the Panelist: Jane, United Kingdom

As the UK "Mum" on the planDisney Panel I'm able to assist those lucky Guests visiting Walt Disney World Resort from the United Kingdom who generally enjoy a whole 2 week magical stay. The planning and organising of resorts, Advance Dining Reservations and extra pixie dusted holiday fun for solo travellers, large or small family groups is my absolute pleasure! Learn More About Jane

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